Around the Block

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Go Somewhere

Take a Bath

Break Things Into Small Pieces

Talk to a Friend, Real or Imaginary


Take a Nap

Take a Walk

Have a Snack

Work on More Than One Project at a Time

Get Comfortable

Do a Crossword Puzzle

Use a Different Tool, Platform, Font

Embrace Messiness

Consult a Friend

Permit Yourself to be Bad

Change the Time You Usually Work

Change the Place

Wash the Dishes

Shut Down Your Computer

Stop Worrying About Grammar


Say “I Can” Rather than “I Can’t”

Start in the Middle

Steal Ideas and Make Them Your Own

Read a Magazine

Walk the Dog


Find Something to Laugh At

Cry, Then Start Working as Though Nothing Happened